I’m bowing out of Retail Christmas this year. Please, nobody send me anything that I can’t delete in either my email or RSS reader. A nice email, or a great Blog post – those I’ll accept.
I’ll give my children cash, which is what 17 and 19 year olds really want. I’ll spend the same amount on charitable contributions as I give to my children.
We will have a tree, and lights, and Christmas music. But I’ll not enter a shopping mall again this year (wait – I haven’t been to a mall yet this year! Cool. One year, mall free!)
Seriously – to all of my friends and family – don’t buy me anything. I have far too much crap that I should be dusting now. I don’t need any more.
In fact, I think I’ll just adopt this policy for the rest of my life. I despise the crowds of moronic, zombie-like assholes that are willing to fight you over the last <insert this year’s popular Holiday piece of shit) popular toy.
And I shudder to think of all the crap my ex and I bought our kids over the years – crap that is now filling landfills in several states.
Not this year. My goal is to have as little [positive] financial impact to retailers as possible while also minimizing my impact to landfills.
Do you want to know what I want for Christmas? I want everyone to keep their money, pay their bills, and maybe sit down together while they have a nice meal and enjoy being a part of a family for a change. I want to see people who refuse to be manipulated by commercials and 2 hour only sales. I want people to put aside the greed and the status seeking and the love of all things shiny. Instead, I want to see them give each other hugs and be thankful for the things they’ve got. Isnt that was Christmas was supposed to be about?